Of the 350 Massachusetts municipalities with public library services, 345 applied to the State Aid program for FY2019. Seventeen municipalities applied for a waiver of the MAR. 344 of the municipalities that applied were certified to receive State Aid awards for FY2019. One municipality, Millville, was not granted certification due to a large, disproportionate, budget cut of 68.51%. One municipality, Greenfield, added additional funding to the library budget and was certified meeting full requirements.
Funding totaled $9,362,700 for the State Aid to Public Libraries program. Additional funds were added as earmarks for specific libraries bringing the overall total to $9,612,700. One earmark for $50,000 was not for a Massachusetts public library and, therefore, could not be disbursed. The money had to be returned to the Commonwealth.
Roland A. Ochsenbein, Chairman
Mary Ann Cluggish, Vice Chairman
Mary Kronholm, Secretary
*Deborah V.H. Abraham (replaced Francis R. Murphy in August, 2018)
*Leslie D. Ball (replaced Carol B. Caro in October, 2018)
*Philip Madell (replaced Gregory Shesko in March, 2019)
*Gina Perille (replaced George T. Comeau, Esq. in November, 2018)
*N. Janeen Resnick
*Alice M. Welch
James Lonergan, Director
Mary Rose Quinn, Head of State Programs
Liz Babbitt, State Aid Specialist
Ann Downey, Systems Analyst
Uechi Ng, Administrative Assistant
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